The treatment I was referring to for cypress posts is simply a plain old preservative - oil or water based. And me saying 'hard to work' with is really relative - if the DIYer is used to TP or green hardwood (not ironbark or tallowwood or other really dense Oz timbers) then cypress seems hard and can be hard on tools too. also as you say tends to split - so pre-drilling etc is must. It might be OK when green/ new, but if stressed will then split as it dries. The knots can make housing joints etc a PITA too. I love the stuff - the smell too, but not consistently available in good quality around ACT over the years.
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